Heaven and Earth Do Intelligent Work

Surely there is a window from heart to heart:
they are not separate or far from each other.
Though two earthenware lamps are not joined,
their light mingles.

No lover seeks union without the beloved also seeking,
but the love of lovers makes the body
thin as a bowstring,
while the love of loved ones
makes them shapely and pleasing.

When the lightning of love for the beloved
has shot into this heart,
know that there is love in that heart.
When love for God has been doubled in your hrart,
there is no doubt that God has love for you.

No sound of clapping comes forth
from only one hand.
The thirsty man is moaning,”O delicious water!”
The water is calling,
“Where is the one who will drink me?”
This thirst in our souls is the magnetism of the Water:
We are Its, and It is ours.

Divine wisdom decreed us lovers of each other;
all the particles in the world
are fated to be in the love with their mates,
just as amber attracts straw.
Heaven says to Earth,”Welcome, we are magnetizes to each other.”

To the intellect Heaven is masculine, Earth is feminine;
whatever Heaven sends down,
is the Earth’s to nurture.
If Earth grows cold, Heaven sends warmth;
when Earth gets dry, Heaven pours down rain.

Heaven is almost giddy when it enters the world of Time,
liek a husband who goes out to find
something to bring home to his wife;
and Earth is a good wife:
it gives birth and suckles what it bears.

Heaven and Earth do intelligent work.
Why else would these two nestle like lovers
if they did not taste delight in each other ?

The desire in the female for the male
is so tht they might perfect each others work,
and the world is preserved by this union.

Mathnawi, III, 4391-4415
From: Rumi ” Love’s Ripening”
Translated by K. Helminski & A. Rezwami

About Michaela

I am a wanderer and a wonderer, like you are. I love our journey and to walk in the company of friends – to learn, experience, share, laugh, cry and above all I simply love this marvelous, magical, mysterious life. I have no plan (cannot believe I am saying this) and my only intention is to be truthful to myself and others.
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